plural holes-in-the-wall
: a small and often unpretentious out-of-the-way place (such as a restaurant)

Examples of hole-in-the-wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pork dumplings are legendary at Barriga Llena, a hole-in-the-wall style restaurant with walk-ins only. Claire Boobbyer, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2024 Sesame Chinese One of the best hole-in-the-wall local Chinese restaurants in town. Vogue, 3 Apr. 2024 Ono Seafood, Oahu This hole-in-the-wall spot in Honolulu is famous for its classic shoyu ahi and spicy ahi bowls. Ben Davidson, The Mercury News, 25 Mar. 2024 Woolsey also developed a series of clubs and bars, including opening Nashville clubs The Trap with business partner Steve Ford and the Music Row-area mainstay Losers, which was designed as a hole-in-the-wall establishment for publishers, producers and songwriters. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 20 Mar. 2024 Featuring a minimalist menu, hole-in-the-wall square footage, and a limited set of ingredients and produce, 7th Street Burger opened that May and quickly took off. Talmon Joseph Smith, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 At least Empanada Loca, her favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant, is still hanging on. Kristen Baldwin,, 10 July 2023 Lincoln’s Haberdashery 1300 S. Blvd., Ste. S. This neighborhood hangout in South End doubles as a fast-casual restaurant and grocery, and is the latest concept by Michael Shortino of hip ramen hole-in-the-wall Futo Buta. Katie Toussaint, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Small villages are dotted with hole-in-the-wall tikka spots, bakeries and juice stalls. Katy Gillett, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hole-in-the-wall was in 1856

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“Hole-in-the-wall.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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